Meditation doesn't need to be confusing or boring. Kids today are coming to school more stressed and anxious than ever, and, unfortunately, many are not receiving the tools or living conditions they need to cope with or understand their frustration. Teachers and school staff are being asked to step in and add mindfulness to their curriculum, and whether or not you feel that it's the teacher's responsibility, the kids still need it. So here are a few of my favorite books to add a little meditation and mindfulness to your students' day and still have FUN!
Peaceful Piggy Meditation is fun and colorful, and the message is a great balance of storytelling and educating kids about when and how to breathe and meditate when they feel sad, anxious, or angry. My students really enjoyed this book!
Breath Like a Bear is a collection of mindfulness and breathing activities, but the illustrations are so nice that I sometimes read the activity allowed to the class and show them the illustrations like a story book. The breathing activities are also great for teaching singing and recorders!
My Magic Breath guides students to explore their breathing with wonderful illustrations and a nice story. Coauthor Alison Taylor is actually an elementary school teacher, so she gets what students are struggling with in our classrooms!
I Am Peace puts words and pictures to difficult emotions we all feel in daily life. Another beautifully illustrated book to help kids identify and cope with feelings.
Mindful Games is a book that literally sits open on my desk all year long. It has a ton of fun activities that are super easy to set up and throw in a lesson. The activities also show which ages the activities are appropriate for, so you can keep that in mind when planning lessons for each grade!
Mindfulness for Kids is a bit different from the rest of the books on this list. The book is broken up into mindfulness scenarios based on home, school, and with friends, and offers much more in terms of scenario stories that go with each activity. The activities are good for any age, but the book as a whole works better with slightly older kids.
What are your favorite books and activities for mindfulness and breathing with your kids? Tell me in the comments below!
My name is Nick Dolan, and I'm an elementary music teacher and choir director. I'm here to talk about teaching music!